A follow upon my earlier post about the new coffee shop with local owner (original post: https://faranginbangkok.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/starbucks-in-thailand-and-a-new-coffee-shop/ ) named Re-Café that is located close to a Starbucks: things appear to be going very well for Re Cafe. I stopped in for a cup of coffee this afternoon, it was close to full with a mix to Thai and farang customers.
A walk past Starbucks revealed only a small crowd.
Re Cafe has expanded their offerings to include beer being served in the early evening and lunch items. I have not tried the evening beer or Lunch, but numerous people were eating today.
Bangkok needs more local businesses to keep the offerings unique, I hope Re Cafe continues to succeed (apparently) and more small, local businesses open and provide a local options for food, clothing and entertainment.
An earlier follow up post about Starbucks and Re-Café: